Alcohol, speed proved deadly cocktail

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014

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An Oamaru freezing worker killed in a car crash was nearly three times the legal blood alcohol limit and not wearing his seatbelt when he died.

Scott James Addison, died on December 28, 2012, on Tokarahi-Ngapara Road, near Oamaru. The 22-year-old lost control of his Subaru and crashed into a tree.

Releasing his findings yesterday, coroner David Crerar said Mr Addison's death was "another example of the tragic and fatal combination of alcohol and speed".

"There were no vehicle faults or road faults which contributed to the crash. Probably because he was drunk or angry, Scott Addison has driven at a speed significantly in excess of that which was safe ... and as a result left his two children without a father," Mr Crerar said.

According to police inquiries, Mr Addison had "consumed multiple bottles" of bourbon pre-mix drinks in the hours leading up to the crash.

He had been at a function, but was asked to leave after arguing with members of the family.

Melissa Ann Edge - the mother of Mr Addison's children- told the coroner she was so concerned about Mr Addison drinking and driving that she phoned police.

He left the function about 8.33pm and police found his car crashed into a tree at Tokarahi-Ngapara Rd about 18 minutes later. Constable Ken Patterson of the serious crash unit believed Mr Addison died on impact due to a "severe blunt force head injury with skull fractures".

Mr Patterson said Mr Addison's blood alcohol level would have been about 210 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal adult limit is 80mg per 100ml.

Moreover, Mr Addison was not wearing a seatbelt, and had only a learners' licence.

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- The Timaru Herald

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